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Fun Facts about Nature and RTP

  • Duck Pond Ducks

    Easily identified by the iridescent green patch in its wings, the Green Winged Teal prefers shallow ponds with lots of emergent vegetation. It also frequents tidal creeks,  mudflats and marshes to more open water, making Rye the perfect place to call home.

  • Insect Inoculation

    (Ash tree grove in Rye Town Park)

    FRTP is working with Bartlett Tree Experts, the group’s arborists, to inoculate the park’s Ash trees against invasion from this beetle.  The project is being done in stages.

  • Turtles

    With help from the Animal Husbandry Curator at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, turtles seen at Rye Town Park were identified as painted turtles.

  • Honey Locust

    Friends planted a young honey locust in the park near the north entrance in fall of 2014.  The photo taken was at sunrise one August morning.

  • Northern Red Oak

    Friends planted three Northern Red Oaks in the fall of 2014 to replace older trees. 

  • Northern Mockingbird

    • They have been sighted in Rye Town Park
    • They gravitate to habitats that also attract Eastern bluebirds and tree swallows
    • An adult averages 10" long (beak to tail) and has a 14" wing span
    • Mockingbirds are very long-tailed, with pale gray uppersides and whitish undersides
    • Latin name for them is "Mimus polyglottos"
  • Ladybugs

    • There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of Ladybugs worldwide and 400 live in North America
    • A female Ladybug will lay more than 1,000 eggs in her lifetime
    • A Ladybug beats its wings 85 times per second when it flies
    • Aphids are a favorite food of Ladybugs
    • Ladybugs chew from side to side, not up and down like people do
  • Butterflies

    • There are almost 700 species of butterflies in North America.
    • Butterflies are insects that belong to the large animal phylum Arthropoda, which includes all the jointed-leg invertebrates. They have 6 jointed legs, 3 body segments and 2 antennae.
    • Butterflies are significant plant pollinators as well as indicators of ecological quality in our environment.